Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 3
Welcome to day three of Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X review week. Today we'll take a closer look at the "moisture" in this shaving system.
As we've mentioned before, the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System family is relatively unique among electric shavers in that it dispenses lotion as you shave. This isn't the first Norelco to do this, but I don't know of any other brand which has a shaver with this feature.
There is one major drawback to this type of system, and that is that you're going to be buying replacement bottles of Nivea HS800 Shaving Conditioner at around $9.99 a pop. (So that's what the "HS800" from the Quick Start Guide refers to!) Think of it like the equivalent of razors and cartridges. They want to lock you in. It's probably one reason that the top of the line Moisture Shaving System is about $100 less than the top of the line Arcitec.
Again, if you've got the 8060X, the Nivea shaving conditioner goes in the razor automatically. If you've got the 8020X or the 8040X you're going to need to put the Nivea in yourself. See the photo on the left for the input on the back of the razor.
But where does it come out? I've highlighted the top two holes in the photo on the right. There are two buttons on the front of the razor. One turns the shaver on and off, and you don't need to hold this button down in order to keep the razor running. The other controls the dispensing of the Nivea shaving conditioner. Holding this button down dispenses the lotion. Releasing it stops the flow. Again, the conditioner only comes out of the top two rotaries.
The sound the razor makes while dispensing the lotion is kind of comical. Reminds me of some cheap 80s sci fi special effect sound from Buck Rogers or Wonder Woman. I should have recorded it for you. There's nothing wrong with it, but if you're a fan of those cheesy sci fi shows, you'll get a kick out of it. Eee-ee er eee-ee er eee-ee.
More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow!
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at September 19, 2007 8:24 AM